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Despite its failings April 23, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in physics.
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I was reading an internal note today and stumbled on this great quote:

The success of the standard model (SM) has been quite unexpected, given its shortcomings. The number of free parameters ranging many orders of magnitude, absence of Dark Matter candidates, the hierarchy problem, lack of gauge coupling unification, and no path to incorporate gravity naturally lead to the belief that the SM is but a low-energy approximation of some more general and aesthetically pleasing theory. Yet despite all e orts no significant deviations from the SM predictions have been found to date.

The way that starts is priceless!

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1. anon - April 24, 2008

No apostrophe when using the possesive “its” as you do in the title (the quote has the pronoun correctly).

2. gordonwatts - April 24, 2008

Yes — you are correct. Thanks! Fixed it.

3. apetrov - April 24, 2008

“…no significant deviations from the SM predictions have been found to date…” Does it mean D0 found one?🙂

4. gordonwatts - April 24, 2008

Trust me – if anyone sees something like that everyone will know about it.🙂 Remember the bbar bump that everyone was talking about a while ago? That was not a discovery and still everyone was talking about it.


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